Review: Tan Vampires @ The Mid East 2.17

Born out of endless acreage of white birch and maple, alongside 13 miles (some say 18…) of beautiful Atlantic coastline, New Hampshire’s very own, Tan Vampires, rolled into Cambridge with a very heavy Granite State line-up, to show us all that the Shire’s music scene is very much alive and well. 

Opening up the evening was the endlessly talented, Tristan Omandwhose subdued one man folk performance calmly brought fans into the Mid East from the blistering cold. Omand’s ability to simply play a guitar and tell truly fascinating tales of love and hardship is a wonderful reminder of how powerful music can be. 


Secondly, came the boys from Nashua. Old Abram Brown, the young but wildly awesome indie rock outlet from southern New Hampshire stunned the audience with their Cold War Kids type sound and lively set. Rock piano, intense lead guitar and just massive vocals. Really stunning stuff, every audience member was instantly blown away as the started and even more satisfied as they kept playing. Old Abram Brown has a new self-tilted EP coming out in mid April- stay tuned.

On what was essentially, Bear Language’s ‘release party,’ we saw the Boston indie/alt rock trio titillate us all with their heavy lyrics, dauntingly powerful bass lines and psychedelic tones. Bear Language was celebrating the recent release of their new single, Mary Go Round, a sweet new track.    

Finally, we got to what most came for, Tan Vampires. Easily the hottest band in the NH right now, Tan Vamps have the unusual quality of making hauntingly beautiful music- where one song can be an soft ballad from singer, Jake Mehrmann, while the next can be a balls to wall rock track where the six sun-bathed Transylvanians release their ancient fury on the audience. Seriously, these guys are good, actually great. Intelligent songwriting at every level, Tan Vampires work together in a live setting to harmoniously translate their recorded sound into ominous and greatly potent live performances. New music out June 7th from these guys, much excitement!

But really, just when I thought New Hampshire couldn’t get any better, I will proudly saw that I was proven wrong last night. Behind the flannel shirts, weathered beards, Husqvarna hats and charming personalities, I was most graciously reminded that A). New Hampshire has a music scene and B). it’s a force to be reckoned with… Great night of music from amazing local bands.


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Categories: Indie, Live Shows, Locally Brewed

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